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Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar...: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes

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This New York Times bestseller is the hilarious philosophy course everyone wishes they'd had in school.

Outrageously funny, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... has been a breakout bestseller ever since authors — and born vaudevillians — Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein did their schtick on NPR's Weekend Edition. Lively, original, and powerfully informative, Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... is a not-so-reverent crash course through the great philosophical thinkers and traditions, from Existentialism (What do Hegel and Bette Midler have in common?) to Logic (Sherlock Holmes never deduced anything). Philosophy 101 for those who like to take the heavy stuff lightly, this is a joy to read — and finally, it all makes sense!


About the Author

Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein pursued the usual careers after majoring in philosophy at Harvard. Tom worked with street gangs in Chicago and dropped in and out of various divinity schools. Dan wrote jokes for comedians, including Flip Wilson and Lily Tomlin, designed stunts for Candid Camera, and continues to pen thrillers. Each lives with his wife in New England

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Veronica V, August 14, 2010 (view all comments by Veronica V)
As someone who's still recovering from a classical liberal arts education, I wondered if this book was written by the wiseacre smartypants who sat next to me in my freshman intro class. But I guess confusion about, derision of and genuine love for the philosophy canon is universal. No matter what your background in philosophy is, you'll find plenty of laughs in this joke book for grown-up nerds. And as a bonus, I learned a thing or two about the discipline -- but I think the authors would say that any educational benefit is purely accidental!
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Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
Klein, Daniel
Cathcart, Thomas
Penguin Books
History & Surveys - General
Form - Essays
General Philosophy
Philosophy -- Humor.
Gender Studies
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 12
7.00 x 5.50 in
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from 18

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